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Leke James’ Brace Sends Sivasspor Into Turkish Cup Round Of 16

Unsung Nigerian forward, Leke James on Thursday netted a brace for Sivasspor, who edged visiting Ankaragücü 2-1 in a Turkish Cup 5th Round encounter at Yeni Sivas 4 Eylül Stadyumu, Sivas.

The 29-year-old opened the scoring on 18 minutes and completed his brace on 56 minutes before Şahverdi Çetin pulled one back for the visitors on 73 minutes.

It was the first time James found the net for Sivasspor following his arrival from Al-Qadsiah on July 12, and his efforts proved decisive in his team’s advancement to the Round of 16.

He was replaced by Mustapha Yatabaré on 89 minutes for Sivasspor, who also paraded two other Nigeria internationals Azubuike Godson
Okechukwu and Olarenwaju Kayode. The former playef from start to finish while the latter started from the bench before being introduced on 81st minute in place of Erdoğan Yeşilyurt.

James is a proven goal-scorer and will no doubt prove his mettle at his Turkish Super Lig club. He started his professional career at Bridge Boys of Lagos in 2009, scoring 39 goals in 45 matches until 2011. He had gone on play for Aalesund, scoring 37 goals in 90 appearances for the club from 2012–2015, and also laid down the marker with other clubs, with number of matches, goals and as follows; Beijing Enterprises Group 26(13) 2016–2017, Molde 59(33) 2018–2020, Al Qadsiah 10(2) 2021and current club Sivasspor, where he has started two of 10 league matches.

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